By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There is a great deal of talk these days about the future of medicine. A new report in the New England Journal of Medicine takes a closer look.READ MORE: SEPTA Union President Releases Video Warning Its Members To Prepare For Possible Strike
According to their report, the individual person will become the focus of attention as research has become more precise. Thanks to electronic medical records outputting data at an unprecedented rate and volume, databases for studies can now number in the millions.READ MORE: Overnight Shooting In Fairhill Neighborhood Critically Injures 32-Year-Old, Police Say
The reason that this is important is that decisions will be based on data more than anecdotal individual doctor experience.
As technology and the efficiency of sharing information grow, disparities between rich and poor will slowly disappear. A basic standard of treatment for every society will develop. My only fear – and this is my fear and not the scientists writing in the journal – is that the loss of the individual doctor’s experience and total reliance on data may cause us to devalue the one on one relationship that can help so much in care.MORE NEWS: Flames Rip Through Casale Di Maggio Restaurant In Perkasie
The balance needs to be appreciated.